Category Archives: Travel

Buddhism and Printing

Hello, As readers know, I’ve been reading a fascinating book about the life of a Japanese-Zen monk named Tetsugen. Tetsugen was a prominent teacher and lefturer of the Obaku Zen sect, but his greatest accomplishment was providing a complete, printed … Continue reading

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King Ashoka Comes to Korea and Japan

Lately, I’ve been watching a series of DVDs about Buddhist temples in Japan called hyakuji junrei (百寺巡礼, “100-temple pilgrimage”) which my in-laws gave me years ago. I watched about 1/3 of the videos years ago, but stopped for a long … Continue reading

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Happy Children’s Day 2015

May 5th in Japan is the traditional holiday of Children’s Day or kodomo no hi (子供の日). Originally celebrated as a seasonal holiday for boys (a counterpart to Girls Day, March 3rd) it gradually expanded to include all children. However, even … Continue reading

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Little Guy Goes To School

Hi all, This is Little Guy. He is almost 19 months old, and is wearing his first backpack. :) We gots this backpack as a welcoming gift for subscribing him to Benesse’s distance-learning series. He likes to wear it all … Continue reading

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Ninja Food

Hi Folks, As this week is Golden Week in Japan, this week’s post will be more light-hearted and fun. :) Today’s post was inspired by a book my wife bought me long, long ago when we first dated. That was … Continue reading

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This is a photo I took a couple weeks ago on my driveway. We don’t have a lot of snails around my yard, so I was surprised to find this tiny one. It reminds me of a famous haiku by … Continue reading

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The Lost “Iranian” Buddhism: A Brief History of the Silk Road

Hello Everyone, I recently finished two related books this week: the Xuan-zang book I wrote about before and a new book by Richard Foltz about the religions of the Silk Road. The latter book was fairly short, but it was … Continue reading

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